Since I began writing, it has been a dream of mine to be able to go into a bookstore and find my novels on the shelves. That dream is one step closer to becoming a reality. It's my privilege to announce that I've verbally accepted an offer from 47North, Amazon Publishing's Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint, to publish the Kricket series trilogy (a three book deal). I'm extremely honored to be working with Jason Kirk and the talented professionals at 47North to create the best possible products for you.
I'm very grateful to my readers for helping me get to where I am today. This has been such an incredible journey for me. Most of you have been with me through all of it. Without your support, this wouldn't have happened. For that, I'm more grateful than I can say.
I also want to thank my agent, Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency, for negotiating the sale. You make my life so much easier, Tamar.
What does this deal mean?
Essentially, I'll have to unpublish my indie version of Under Different Stars soon. 47North plans to do some edits to the novel, and then they'll release it again, the date to be determined.
You'll finally get a HARDCOVER VERSION of Under Different Stars and the entire Kricket series!! (I've never been able to offer that before this.) You will also get MP3, audiobooks, and some foreign translations as well!
******If you haven't read Under Different Stars yet, or if you'd like to get the "indie version" of Under Different Stars, you should probably act quickly because it'll be pulled from print soon and you'll have to wait until its rerelease to get it.******
What does this mean for my future book signings?
I won't have copies to sign at future events until such a time as
Under Different Stars is rereleased by 47North. If you buy your copy now and bring it to the event, I will be happy to sign it for you.
(I bought an entire box of them for myself. I don't know why, it's not like I haven't read it already--> ha, ha. It's probably because there will never be another opportunity to get the indie version of it and I'm completely sentimental about it.)
When will you see Sea of Stars, book 2 of the Kricket series?
Tentatively, my editor is hoping for a release of Sea of Stars in January of 2015. That's if we can make all the stars align for us. I will do my utmost to make that happen.
Does this mean I'm no longer an indie author?
NO! I still consider myself to be an indie author. I will still publish my indie series, the Premonition series, on my own through my company Ugly Stepsister Productions.
I'm just sort of a hybrid now.
*One small caveat*
With this deal, I'm essentially agreeing to write 3 books this year:
Kricket Book 2
Kricket Book 3
(finish) Iniquity (from my Premonition series)
That's a tough schedule...
you may not see me around as much on my social network sites.
It's not because I don't love you, or that I've lost my passion for the stories I'm writing. It's the exact opposite of that: It's because I'm so passionate about them that I have to work on them more.
So, that's my story.
Thank you once again for your complete awesomeness!!!
You're total rock stars!!!
(Can you believe this? Eeeeppp! It's insane, right?)